The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie

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What does the title The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven demonstrate?

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The themes of the stories in Sherman Alexie's collection The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven are encapsulated in the title, which Alexie said came to him in a dream. Alexie writes principally about Native American people in difficult, often violent interaction with white America.

The Lone Ranger, a former Texas lawman turned masked vigilante, was the star of a radio show (which began in 1933) and many subsequent films, television shows, comic books, and novels. Although he was no longer an official representative of the law, the Lone Ranger maintained a rigid code of ethics and had high standards in many other areas, including his grammar and diction. He was intended to be a representative of decent, law-abiding America.

Tonto, who first appeared in the eleventh episode of the radio show, is the Lone Ranger's Native American sidekick. His name means "fool" or "moron" in Spanish, and he speaks in a pidgin English

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